Nelson Mandela, who spent his life in fighting for social equality and curbing racism, had his 99th birthday on 18th July. He expired in 2013, at the age of 95 but before his death, in the year 2009, the UN Assembly declared his birthday to be known as ‘Mandela Day‘. This was a step to commemorate the remarkable efforts he made in the direction of ending apartheid.
He was unsuccessful in getting degrees at college twice, and ran away from home town just because he was told to get married and settle down. Hardly anyone who called him is Madiba (his nickname), had a clue that he would have been dreaming of a better world to settle down. While the world celebrated Mandela Day yesterday, here are a few highlights from his life that we all must know.
- Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- South Africa’s first democratically elected President.
- Led a campaign of civil disobedience on behalf of ANC.
Even Bill Clinton tweeted-
This year’s theme for Mandela Day was – Action Against Poverty, urging each and everyone to make each day a Mandela day. The question: “What are you doing today to make a sustainable difference in the lives of those less fortunate? “, must not remain unanswered.
The attempt is to make an effort to bring a change. It is not the size of effort that matters but the enthusiasm that matters. In the words of Nelson Mandela : “We can change the world and make a difference. It is in your hands to make a difference.”